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After 78 Years, Reunited Twins Share 'Unique Opportunity'

May 5, 2014

Editor's Note: The world’s longest-known, separated twins, born in England, were reconnected at the Fullerton Marriott with a little help from Nancy Segal, a Cal State Fullerton psychology professor and an expert on twins.

The stage was set, the BBC camera rolling.

Ann Hunt, 78, had just flown into Orange County from England to meet the twin sister she discovered only a year ago.

Since learning about each other, Hunt and Elizabeth “Liz” Hamel have spoken mostly by Skype. But they wanted to look each other in the eyes and finally hug.

Within minutes, Hamel walked in the room. Liz had always known she had a twin.

On Thursday night, the sisters reunited for the first time since birth.

“How lovely to see you in the flesh,” Hamel said, embracing her twin sister for the first time.

“I’ve got a sister,” Hunt said.

The women seemed in awe of being together, saying that the last time they were together they were kicking each other in the womb. The Orange County Register published its story about the world's oldest twins raised apart on its front page and you can finish reading it online .

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